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Mavericks: Luka Doncic to start for Team LeBron in 2021 All-Star game

Dallas Mavericks Luka Doncic Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports
Dallas Mavericks Luka Doncic Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

The Dallas Mavericks closed the first half strong as superstar Luka Doncic is working his way back into the MVP conversation. They won nine of their last 11 to climb to eighth in the Western Conference.

Doncic’s strong play coupled with votes by fans earned him the start in the 2021 All-Star game. The 22-year-old star will be in the opening five for the second straight year. He is hoping for more playing time and production after having just eight points in his All-Star debut.

The All-Star draft aired on March 4. LeBron James and Kevin Durant were the leading vote-getters in each conference to earn captain status. Which player selected Doncic? Let us take a closer look at the draft and what to expect from Luka on Sunday night.

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Dallas Mavericks star Luka Doncic selected by Team LeBron for 2021 All-Star game

LeBron James had the first pick and he selected Giannis Antetokounmpo. Durant choose his teammate Kyrie Irving with his first pick. Luka was the third selection among the starters for Team LeBron. The Mavericks superstar will start alongside James, Giannis, Stephen Curry, and Nikola Jokic. It will be the second year in a row that Doncic plays on Team LeBron in the All-Star game.

Doncic will also take part in the Skills Challenge on Sunday night. The normal All-Star weekend has been condensed to one day. There will be no Rising Stars game, but the 3-point, dunk, and skills competitions will take place on March 7.

Fans should expect Luka Doncic to take center stage on Sunday night. The 22-year-old is not a massive dunker, but he should get plenty of chances to score and make plays in the All-Star game. Doncic is the favorite to win the Skills Challenge too. Dallas Mavericks fans will not want to miss it, so please tune in to TNT at 5:30 p.m. CT on March 7 to catch it all.

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